Jindřich Štyrský was a Czech Surrealist painter, poet, editor, photographer, and graphic artist. His outstanding and varied oeuvre included numerous book covers and illustrations. He also wrote studies of both Arthur Rimbaud and Marquis de Sade. Along with his artistic partner Toyen (Marie Čermínová), he became a member of Devětsil in 1923, participating in their group exhibitions. He and Toyen also exhibited in Paris in the late 1920s, where they founded their own movement, Artificialism.
Between 1928 and 1929 he was designer for the group’s drama wing, the Osvobozené divadlo, where he collaborated with Vítězslav Nezval and others. Štyrský was also an active editor. In addition to his Edition 69 series, he edited the Erotická revue, which he launched in 1930, and Odeon, where many of his shorter texts appeared. He was a founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia.
Mexican surrealist painter Jose Luis Lopez Galvan’s work and fine art develops into dark surrealism, in a world where Velasquez and Hieronymus Bosch could go into ecstasies in front of a version of Rembrandt’s ‘Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp’ with dwarf rabbits.
Animals and humans inhabit the work of Galvan, fighting for their membership to both bestiality and civilization. Some creatures in between are at the limit of lycanthropia and could easily be affiliated to the universe of American horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and William Hodgson. Some pieces even allude to cannibalism, with a bizarre subtle eroticism. Disturbing compositions, poetic metamorphosis and portraits of femmes fatales complete his work and he is not afraid to promote the odd beauty of nightmares and Freudian subconscious.
Casey Weldon (previously featured here) is an American illustrator and fine artist known for his brightly-colored surrealist paintings of multi-eyed cats and mystical women. He uses melancholy and humor in conjunction with the iconography of modern pop culture, leading his critics to designate his style as “post-pop surrealism.”
Paul Neberra is an artist from Lisbon, Portugal. His pop surrealist paintings give hint to his influences with inspiration ranging from surrealist painters such as Dali and Magritte to writers like Kafka and Dostoevsky – not to mention contemporary pop culture icons like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. The world he weaves can be deemed as charming with a touch of melancholy.
Michael Reedy (previously featured here) works with elements of photorealistic anatomy in his drawings that are blended with pop surrealist fare, combining anatomically-precise figures with strange, bug-eyed monsters, Classicist cherubs or geometric designs arranged in the background. Reedy uses his penchant for photorealism to create bizarre and sometimes haunting juxtapositions; we see characters with their internal organs and bones exposed, adding an element of vulnerability to his work.
In his most recent drawings he has revisited the timeless themes of life, death, and the human condition. This new interest in the expulsion and the fall of man has been paired with his prior leanings, which have long been rooted in fringe images of the body, medical illustration, ornamentation, dark comedy, and the uncanny.
Kit Mizeres (previously featured here) is an artist and illustrator currently based out of Cleveland, Ohio. She is a recent graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a focus on Illustration. She is currently enjoying a smooth transition back to her traditional roots in painting and drawing, and is taking time off from commissioned illustration work at this time. With that being firmly enforced, she is also very content with sleeping in her car and living off rice and potatoes at this point in time if it means she can continue drawing ridiculous things.
Bruno Pontiroli lives and works in Paris. After studying in Supinfocom, he turned to drawing and painting to express his desire for artistic creation. Pontiroli creates surreal worlds inhabited by fantasy characters: centaurs, mermaids and other creatures which contradict all laws of nature. In his poetic and mysterious painting we can see the unlikely become a reality. The artist brings to life all our childhood dreams and gives us a new way to see the world.
French artist Philippe Caza creates some truly amazing surreal, futurist, psych artworks. At 18, Philippe started a career in advertising which lasted for ten years, but in 1970 he entered the field of bandes dessinées, releasing his first album, “Kris Kool”. Caza began to publish work in the magazine Pilote, starting with his series “Quand les costumes avaient des dents” (When Costumes had Teeth) in 1971, followed by other short work. The series of stories “Scènes de la vie de banlieue” (Scenes of Suburban Life) was published in 1975, followed by the “L’Âge d’Ombre stories”, “Les Habitants du crépuscule” and “Les Remparts de la nuit”.
Los Angeles based Todd Schorr is an American artist and one of the most prominent members of the “Lowbrow” art movement or pop surrealism. Combining a cartoon influenced visual vocabulary with a highly polished technical ability, based on the exacting painting methods of the Old Masters, Schorr weaves intricate narratives that are often biting yet humorous in their commentary on the human condition.
Schorr grew up as a child in Oakland, New Jersey. Showing a compulsion for drawing at an early age, his parents enrolled him in Saturday morning art classes when he was five years old. Deeply affected by fantasy movies such as the 1933 film classic “King Kong” and the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, their influence along with comic books such as “Mad” would have a lasting effect on Schorr’s developing visual vocabulary.
Mat Maitland is a collage artist based in London. His images and films have been commissioned by a wide range of clients including Kenzo, Hunter, Interview Magazine, Tate Gallery, and Nike among many others.
“My aesthetic is pop with overlapping surrealist and cinematic tones. I love to abstract images and place them back together in a different context, which conjures up new ways of looking at things. Print and motion work are my favorite mediums. In different and yet complementary ways, they allow me to explore new dimensions” Mat Maitland